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Julio Cort An Argentine writer and master of short stories Julio Cort is truly a man for the ages Most of Corts stories have to deal with hallucinations or obsessions Themes in his stories usually have to deal with identity and the hidden reality behind everyday experiences Cort a radical experienced many of these reality checks while being involved in the Cuban revolution giving him a unique angle which would make his career Julio Cort was born in Brussels Belgium His parents were there on business When he was four years old his family returned to Buenos Aires where he grew up in a suburb Cort went to the Escuela Normal de Profesores Mariano Acosta a teachers training college In 1935 he received a degree as a secondary-level teacher He studied two years at the University of Buenos Aires and taught in secondary schools in Bol Chivilcoy and Mendoza In 1944-45 he was a professor of French literature at the University of Cuyo Mendoza There he joined a protest and was jailed for a short time After his release he left the university From 1946 to 1948 he was a director of a publishing company in Buenos Aires He became certified in law and languages and worked then as a translator Los Reyes 1949 was Corts first work of fantasy The long poem was a meditation of the fate of the Minotaur in his labyrinth Corts first collection of short stories Bestiario appeared in 1951 It included Casa tomada A House Taken Over where a middle-aged brother and sister find that their house is invaded by unidentified people The story was published by Jorge Luis Borges in a magazine called Los anales de Buenos Aires Borgess sister illustrated it In 1951 in opposition to Perons regime Cort moved to Paris where he lived until his death In 1953 he married Aurora Bern They separated and Cort lived with Carol
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